THE BEST BARS FOR CRAFT BEER IN HONOLULU
January 26, 2017
Though Mai Tai’s and tropical, fruity concoctions are often the drink of choice when visiting Hawaii, local craft beer should not go unnoticed. Several beer-centric bars have opened in the last five years, putting Honolulu’s beer scene on the map. Below, a list of popular Honolulu pubs where we suggest you belly up to the bar for an ice cold craft beer. Thankfully, this city by the sea isn’t very big, so wherever you are, there’s usually a great bar right around the corner.
This Kaimuki hot spot is small yet big on beer. More than 20 drafts are on rotation, and coolers are stocked with hundreds of specialty bottles and cans. Aside from the selection of microbrews from all over the islands and the mainland, the pub-style menu includes bar room favorites like sliders, beer-infused dishes like the Brew’d Braised Stout Burger and also local eats such as the Pipikaula Poke.
Opened in 2014, this Kaka’ako craft brewery uses locally-sourced ingredients as well as a special mix of imported ones for a unique, standout beer selection. The spacious, loft-like building features large wooden tables with bench seating to accommodate large groups and encourage meeting new people. We recommend sitting outside in one of two beer gardens with a pint and the pub’s famous freshly baked pretzels with beer cheese.
This gastropub brings flavors from around the world to the island through modern pub food, original cocktails and a wide selection of craft beers. The 21 beers on tap continually change and incorporate seasonal selections and specialty pours. Large wooden tables allow for large groups, while high-top tables give you a traditional bar room feel. Wherever you find a seat, don’t forget to head to the back for shuffleboard.
The sister business to Brew’d Craft Pub, REAL’s 33 rotating taps pour quality craft beers from around the world and throughout the Hawaiian islands. You’ll also find more than 250 hard-to-find bottles, many exclusive to REAL. When morning’s call for hair of the dog, order the Bloody Beer—a spicy bloody Mary made with Guinness, Ballast Point and Jose Cuervo topped with the bar’s infamous Candied Sriracha Bacon—and all your worries fade away. The food menu offers innovative beer-centric bites that are perfect for sharing.
Part brew pub, part museum, this multi-functional space is a tribute to the United States military and good beer. Here you’ll find a collection of WWII, beer paraphernalia and vintage Hawaiiana alongside quality pours. The pub offers its own beer (via The Home of the Brave Brewing Company), as well as craft beers from the mainland and Hawaii. Take a step back in time at the Wiki Waki Woo Bar located on the second floor of the space, where craft cocktails and pints of beer are available from the 1940’s-style tiki bar.
It comes as no surprise that Hawaii’s first dedicated craft beer bottle shop and beer cafe opened in Kaka‘ako, one the hippest ‘hood’s in Honolulu. Village Bottle Shop & Tasting room boasts more than 500 beers in bottles and cans—available for on-site consumption or to takeaway—16 rotating taps and 6-8 wines on tap. The beer store/cafe is housed in an industrial space which reflects the urban island vibe that the neighborhood is known for. Village is less of a loud, boisterous bar, and more of a gathering place for meetings, studying or just relaxing with a good beer.
Find a wide range of classic American-style beers at this seven-barrel brewhouse at the edge of Waikiki. The open-air bar is a great escape from the hot Hawaiian sun, but you can still feel the breeze from the sizable covered patio. From pale ales to porters, hand-crafted beer cocktails and locally inspired pub grinds, there’s something for everyone.